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Meatball Theft: Estelle Casimir, West Point employee, charged with stealing meatballs from mess hall

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Estelle Casimir, who works at West Point, is charged with stealing a bag of frozen meatballs from the mess hall.
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(CBS/AP) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A woman who works at West Point is charged with stealing a bag of frozen meatballs from the mess hall.

According to a federal complaint, Estelle Casimir, 56, of Newburgh, N.Y, was caught with the meatballs Jan. 30. It was just hours before they were to be served to the cadets for dinner.

The complaint says Casimir tried to hide the meatballs when a supervisor found her with them. It says she then claimed the bag was garbage she was throwing out.

The U.S. attorney's office said Casimir, who was charged with larceny and possession of stolen property, according to The Journal News, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment last week in Middletown. Her lawyer, Michael Ferraro, would not comment on the case.

Casimir worked for Watson Services, which handles food services at the U.S. Military Academy. She has since been suspended pending the outcome of the case, the paper reports.

If convicted, Casimir could reportedly face time in military prison.